D’Angelo Russell of Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after a basket during overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, November 27, 2021 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Karl-Anthony Towns of Minnesota Timberwolves (right) attempts to overtake Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 27, 2021 . (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers responds to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, November 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Naz Reid of Minnesota Timberwolves is on the court in Philadelphia after a foul in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, November 27, 2021. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers center, is unable to visit Jarred Vanderbilt of Minnesota Timberwolves (right) and during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 27, 2021 Shoot over Karl-Anthony Towns. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers is on pause during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, November 27, 2021 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum) Karl-Anthony Towns of Minnesota Timberwolves (right) and Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers respond after a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, November 27, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Minnesota Timberwolves Taurean Prince (left) kicks off Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers during double overtime in an NBA basketball game on Saturday, November 27, 2021 in Philadelphia . (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

D’Angelo Russell crossed a 3-pointer in overtime and pointed to his arm as he walked down the court and looked at his teammates, Russell’s signature celebration of the ice in his Demonstrating veins after giving big blows.

The Minnesota Timberwolves – and coach Chris Finch – needed Russell’s shooting and cool demeanor in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Russell scored 27 of his season highlights of 35 points in the fourth quarter and in extra time and hit a bargain with 10.3 seconds in the second extra time before hitting Taurean Prince for the game-winning layup at Minnesota’s 121-120- Double extra win fed over the Philadelphia 76ers.

“This is probably one of the best D’Angelo Russell performances I’ve ever seen,” said Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell’s good friend. “I saw him get 50 against us, but the difference between this game and this game I was just talking to him about is the fact that he played both the defensive and the offensive that he played us has given.”

The Timberwolves let a deficit of 20 points fizzle out in the third quarter. Anthony Edwards missed a long 3-pointer at the end of regulation for Minnesota and Andre Drummond of Philadelphia gave a missed free throw to level the game at the end of first overtime.

“Totally drained,” said Wolves trainer Chris Finch. “The boys were great. They deserve to win this game no matter how they fared. We had to win it three or four times. It was a bunch of different games rolled into one, but a great job from all of our guys who were out there. ”

Russell hit six 3s from the fourth quarter and had two assists in the second overtime.

Philadelphia had the ball 30.8 seconds back in the second overtime. Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey attempted a pick and roll on the 3-point line. Maxey tried to pass the ball back to Embiid quickly, but Russell had kicked away from the counter and was able to intercept the pass.

Russell led a break that Prince finished with a tough layup while he was being defended. Embiid’s Despair 3 was wrong on the other end.

“It was perfectly timed too,” said Finch of Russell’s final performance. “He was in control, wanted the ball, made big shots, calmed everyone, including me. He was great tonight. ”

Towns, playing with a right index finger that he sprained the night before, had 28 points and 10 rebounds before fouling with 18.5 seconds of regulation remaining. Edwards added 19 points for the Wolves, who lost seven straight games in Philadelphia.

The wolves were again without start overseer Patrick Beverley due to a left adductor strain. Prince started in his place after Jaden McDaniels started on Friday.

Trying to defend Embiid, who had returned after nine games due to COVID-19 protocols, was an all-hands-on-deck mission. Towns, Jarred Vanderbilt and McDaniels were all fouled as part of the crew trying to stop Embiid.

Embiid scored 42 points and had 14 rebounds. He was 16 of 21 off the free throw line and attempted more free throws than the entire Wolves team.

“He played his game,” said Towns. “He’s # 1 at Foul Rate in the NBA. He has 21 free throws and I’ve never seen that before, but he did it exactly as he plays. ”

If Friday’s loss in Charlotte was “like the old wolves,” as Towns said after the game, Saturday in Philadelphia was the “new wolves” Towns and Co. believe they have become.

“The game has often given us opportunities to let go of the rope and take the easy way out and we just kept leaning against each other and trying to win the game,” said Towns. I found that we all did a great job of just playing right, even when things were tough or didn’t look good. We just always played right and always found ways to win. ”
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